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Dave McNulty appointed Head Coach of Bath Intensive Training Centre

Olympic medal-winning coach Dave McNulty has been announced as the Head Coach of the soon to be established British Swimming Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at the University of Bath. McNulty, who coached Jo Jackson to a bronze medal in the 400m Freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, will head up one of a new nationwide network of five ITCs designed to provide a world-class daily training environment for swimmer development and to build on the success of Beijing as the sport looks towards London in 2012.

The former Durham Aquatics coach, who has spent the past six months at Loughborough University, is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm very excited about this British Swimming opportunity to work as head coach of the Bath ITC," said McNulty."This ITC will provide all of the daily training requirements for high performance athletes in a world class environment. It will help to build on the success of the Beijing Olympics by looking forward to 2012 and beyond. I take up this position in October and I'm looking forward to working with everyone at TeamBath. By working together with TeamBath we will have a system in place that underpins the ITC and offers opportunities for all."

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Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People - Bulletin 1

The first of what is hoped to be a oncce a term operational bulletin for all matters relating to the new Physical Education and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP). Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust are united in their commitment to keep both the school and community sport networks abreast of key developments as they happen. Read updates on a range of initiatives and programmes, which collectively comprise the 5 Hour Offer for young people, which the Prime Minister launched in July 2007. The content is sectioned as follows, with content in each section relevant to both SSPs and CSPs

  • New National Strategy
  • Infrastructure
  • Breaking news
  • Club Links
  • Coaching
  • Competition
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Disability
  • Extending Activities
  • Leadership and Volunteering
  • Education News

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Eight Gloucester Schools Get Safe 4 Summer

GL1 – Gloucester Leisure Centre on Tuesday 8 July 2008

Over 100 children from across eight of Gloucester’s schools will get the chance to try their hand at water polo with a GB player as part of a day of fun that aims to teach vital life-saving skills. The youngsters will all be taking part in the water safety awareness campaign Get Safe 4 Summer, run by the asa (the national governing body involved in every component of swimming), in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society.

The fun packed day will deliver important water safety messages and highlight that swimming is the only sport that can save your life.

There will be activities both in and out of the centre’s pool and GB water polo player Fran Leighton, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, will be leading a fun game of water polo with the children. They will also take part in a number of activities including life-saving skills such as CPR, wading and tow rescues.

Vital life-saving scheme hits Salisbury

Pupils from across Salisbury will join an Olympic diving hopeful to become the first children in the South West to take part in the vital life-saving scheme Get Safe 4 Summer.

More than 100 children from ten schools will be making a splash at Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury today Wednesday 18th June, as part of Get Safe 4 Summer 2008, an educational and water safety campaign run by the asa (the national governing body for swimming) in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society.

Diver Blake Aldridge – who along with 10m Synchro partner 14-year-old Tom Daley, will be looking to seal his place in the British Olympic squad later this month – will join the children and take to the pool to show off his diving skills. Aldridge trains with Southampton Diving Academy.

Development discussions

Kelly Gaffney, Regional Development Officer will be the ASA SW Regional Age Groups at Millfield throughout Sunday 8 June 2008 sessions, so if you, your clubs, your parents or swimmers have any questions, or want to discuss anything on Swim 21, PESSCL, club development etc then look out for her!

Kelly also has young volunteers T-shirts, so if any of the 2007-2008 PESSCL young volunteers are present, they can come and collect their T-shirt up from her as well.

Get Safe 4 Summer events

Hundreds of children are being given the chance to learn about the dangers posed by open water thanks to a vital life-saving scheme.

Over 1,500 children will be taught vital water safety skills at schools and leisure centres throughout June and July as part of the asa educational and water safety awareness campaign Get Safe 4 Summer. The asa will be working in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society to deliver important water safety messages and to highlight that swimming is the only sport that can save your life.

The Get Safe 4 Summer events will teach children all the important things they need to know when visiting coastal and inland waters over the summer holidays, from how they can spot the dangers themselves to how to act in an emergency.

PE and School Sport – Club Links (PESSCL) Projects 2007 - 2008

The ASA South West office is now taking applications for PESSCL funding for the 2007 – 2008 period from clubs that are Swim 21 accredited or actively working towards accreditation.

The projects will focus on quality within the disciplines of synchronised swimming, water polo, diving and disability, by aiming to increase participation, increase multi discipline skills and increase membership to aquatic clubs other than swimming, by linking with local schools and organisations to run taster sessions, inclusion of disciplines into school swimming programmes, school-club development sessions etc

Get Safe 4 Summer campaign travels the country

The Amateur Swimming Association (will kick off its annual Get Safe 4 Summer campaign on 15 June 2007 at Salford Watersports Centre with the help of Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry.

The annual water safety campaign teaches children essential life saving skills and delivers critical safety messages for them to take home with them when they visit coastal and inland waters over the summer holidays.

Throughout the day, up to 100 children will be given the chance to participate in fun activities at four stations set up throughout the centre, where they will learn CPR techniques, Reach Rescue (land based), try out the Bell Boat rides and will be able to participate in Project Oaresome - a scheme designed to introduce children to rowing.

ASA urges children to Get Safe 4 Summer

Children across the UK are being given the chance to learn vital life saving skills as part of the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) Get Safe 4 Summer campaign.

On average, one person drowns in the UK every 17 hours and drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death amongst children with most occurring in inland waters such as rivers, lakes and ponds.

The ASA will be working in partnership with the Royal Life Saving Society and the National PE, School Sports and Club Links Strategy (PESSCL) to deliver important water safety messages for children to take with them when they visit coastal and inland waters over the summer holidays.

School Club Links success for the South West

ASA South West successfully bid for national funding to deliver the PESSCL programme (PE & School Sport Club Links) across the Region until September 07. The aim of the swimming PESSCL programme is to improve the standard of swimming at a local level and to facilitate the movement of children into Swim 21 accredited clubs. There isn’t a specific format for how swimming projects should be delivered, so it is a good opportunity for clubs and schools to be imaginative about projects and develop programmes that suit the local situation.

Get Safe 4 Summer campaign

More than a thousand schoolchildren from across the UK took part in the ASA’s Get Safe 4 Summer campaign in June and July this year.

Get Safe 4 Summer is the Amateur Swimming Association’s annual water safety campaign, which teaches children essential life saving skills and delivers critical safety messages for them to take with them when they visit coastal and inland waters over the summer holidays.